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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...